Following the launch of a new collection of 62MAS inspired dive timepieces last year, this year Seiko has announced another watch based on the company’s original dive watch from 1965: the Seiko Prospex Special Edition PADI SPB071J1.
Like the Ref. SPB053 and SPB051, this new dive watch is more loosely based on the original 62MAS (whereas the Ref. SLA017 is more of a literal re-issue).
The dimensions (42.6 mm x 13.8 mm) and movement (caliber 6R15 which beats at 3Hz and has a 50-hour power reserve) are the same as the aforementioned models, excluding the SLA017.
What’s new is the PADI designation printed on the dial, which is an acronym for Professional Association of Diving Instructors, the world’s leading scuba diver training organization. The bezel edge has been plated in a special blue color, blue silicon accordion-style strap, and the red accents that are used on the minutes/seconds flange and the minute hand. And finally, the dial features a blue to black faded wave pattern dial, similar to the Rolex Deepsea Sea-Dweller D-Blue 116660.
This special PADI version (Ref. SPB071J1) will cost approximately $1,000 (the standard version is $800) in February when the watch becomes available at retailers.